Muslims Worldwide Seething with Anger at West and their own rulers.
States Sri Lankan journalist at Islamabad gathering
“The United States led west has unleashed a global crusade against Islam and Muslims under the guise of fighting a war on terrorism” was the theme of a speech by Sri Lankan journalist and author Latheef Farook at the Islamabad Policy Research Institute,IPRI, on Thursday 18 March 2010.
Addressing the gathering of researchers and others Latheef Farook explained how this carefully planned and ruthlessly implemented anti Muslim campaign strikes at the very root of the political, economic, religious, social and cultural survival of Muslims worldwide.
He added that “never in the fascinating and inspiring more than 14 century history of Islam has such a vicious campaign been undertaken jointly by the Zionist Jews, regarded as the architects, Evangelical Christians and RSS Hindu extremists.
He explained that this conspiracy, commenced in the aftermath of the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1989, was unleashed with all its ferocity following the controversial 9/11 events at the World Trade Centre in New York. Islam was associated with barbarity and evil despite Islam being a religion of peace.
For example, following the collapse of the former Soviet Union, all Christian east bloc countries such as Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czechhoslavokia, Bulgaria and others were allowed to go free and join the European union. However this generosity was not extended to the Central Asian Muslim republics such as Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kirgizstan.
Instead all these central Asian Muslim republics were quickly brought under the newly formed Commonwealth of Independent states,CIS, to ensure continuous Russian control over them.
In 1991 Chechen Muslims declared independence and Russia unleashed its military might and committed medieval style massacres causing horrific scenes of death and destruction everywhere. The war killed more than 20,000 Chechens and around 100,000 Russian soldiers. Chechen refugees returned home and started to resume normal life when Russia bombed an apartment building in Moscow in 1999, blamed Chechens and launched its second military strike which virtually emptied Chechnya of its people under its scorched earth policy.Grozny,the Chechen capital,was reduced to a ghost city and the people ended up as refugees in neighboring Ingushetia.
In an April 1992 referendum predominantly Muslim Bosnia Herzegovina declared independence and emerged as a separate state. Responding with extreme violence Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic arrested Bosnian Muslims, detained them in warehouses, starved and tortured them before killing them en masse.This carnage continued uninterrupted for three long years under the watchful eyes of the champions of human rights in Washington. London and Paris where then President Jacques Chirac openly declared that “France will never allow a Muslim entity in Europe”. These atrocities climaxed when Serbs committed the largest ever genocide of about 10,000 Muslims who were under United Nations custody in the Bosnian city of Srebrenica.
The United Nations Security Council imposed arms embargo on the victims, Bosnian Muslims who are as blue eyed as rest of the Europeans while no such embargo was imposed on the perpetrators of the genocide- the Serbs. In the autonomies Yugoslavian province of Kosovo, where more than 90 percent of the population were Muslims, Serbs committed similar massacres such as in Bosnia.
Somalia with a population of about 4.5 million Muslims descended into anarchy due to the failure of the United Nations. In fact the US wanted to use Somalia as an experimental laboratory for regime change and turned this once peaceful nation into a lawless killing field. It is today a wasteland.
In the December 1991 Parliamentary elections in Algeria the Islamic party, FIS, won with a large majority. However the military backed by most Arab dictators and France, installed a dictator, crushed the peoples’ dream and triggered off a civil war which turned this oil rich peaceful country into yet another killing field.
We also know how US President George Bush Senior tricked Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait, blackmailed the world and formed a coalition, mobilized the military might of the west, got the UN to legalize military strikes and attacked Iraq, killed innocent Iraqis, destroyed cities and virtually pushed Iraq, as pointed out by former US President Jimmy Carter, into the middle ages. Subsequent US sponsored UN economic sanctions, described by UN officials as genocide, killed more than half a million children alone. The true purpose of this engineered war was revealed when George Bush Sr said “that Israel is safe in the region and oil flows uninterrupted”.
In India Hindu extremists led by L.K.Advani destroyed the Babri Masjid on 6 December 1992 and triggered off violence which killed thousands of Muslims. Ten years later on 27 February 2002 yet another Hindu extremist Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, bombed a train carrying Hindu pilgrims, blamed innocent Muslims under a well organized conspiracy, killed thousands of Muslims, destroyed Muslim owned properties and virtually reduced the Muslims into refugees to languish in camps in appalling conditions.
In the process of this global campaign, the legitimate freedom struggle of Muslims all over such as the Palestinian struggle against brutal Israeli oppression and continuous killings, Indian atrocities in Kashmir and the like have been overlooked while the Western media, an integral part of the Western war machine, continues to demonize Islam and Muslims and mislead the world to justify this evil design.
This campaign climaxed in the aftermath of the 9/11 events in New York in 2001. Within hours, former US President turned warmonger George Bush Junior, together with disgraced former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, accused Al Qaeda of destroying the WTC without any proper inquiry. Exploiting the mood of the country in its wake, Bush blackmailed the shocked and confused world, created a coalition and invaded within 27 days the war battered and impoverished Afghanistan where he slaughtered innocent and poverty stricken Afghans in one of the most barbarous military ventures of its kind in modern history.
Killing innocent men, women, children and the aged has become common in Afghanistan which continues to bleed to ensure the agendas of neo cons and corporate war mongers.
In an act described by late British playwright and Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter as “banditry” Bush and Blair, illegally invaded Iraq in 2003 and virtually turned this once almost developed country into a waste land. Around 1.4 million innocent Iraqis were killed, hundreds of thousands of innocent men and women were tortured and killed, women indiscriminately raped, infrastructure destroyed and birth, marriage, death, land and vehicle registration offices burnt causing chaos in the society.
Around four million Iraqis who lived in peace were forced into refugee camps in neighboring countries to languish in sub human conditions. More than two million Iraqis were made refugees in their own country. Shiites and Sunnis were put against each other turning Iraq into a killing field where, with the help of a puppet government, western oil companies started looting the country’s oil wealth while the Iraqis starved.
In Palestine the periodic slaughter of Palestinians continues uninterrupted by the Israelis with the complete backing of the US and Europe.
And now they have turned their attention on Pakistan. These are the champions of human rights who accuse small countries of human rights violations.
The frightening situation today is such that every Muslim with a beard and a head cap and every Muslim woman with a Hijab have been branded as terrorists and humiliated. The tragedy is that most Muslim countries, ruled by mostly lackeys of the West, openly and secretly collaborate with these Western crusaders against their own people to ensure their own survival.
Today Muslims worldwide pass through their most critical period in their history. Muslims have been attacked and killed all over under various pretexts. Muslim refugees walking in sheer desperation in search of shelter with their meager belongings have become a common sight worldwide.
Helpless Muslims worldwide are seething with anger at the west and their own rulers. No one knows what would be the outcome. The situation is so frightening that Wolfram Richter, the Economic Professor of the University of Dortmund, has expressed fears that “the next holocaust would be against Muslims”; thus concluded Latheef Farook.
The meeting, followed by a stimulating question and answer session, was chaired by IPRI Chairman Dr Maqsudul Hasan Nuri.